Cornel West, the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University, is known as one of America’s most provocative, public intellectuals.” In his latest book, Hope on a Tightrope, West offers courageous commentary on issues that affect the lives of all Americans. Themes include race, leadership, faith, family, philosophy, and love and service. His other books include the New York Times bestsellers Race Matters, which won the American Book Award, and Democracy Matters. West has won numerous other awards and has received more than 20 honorary degrees. He also was an influential force in developing the storyline for the popular Matrix movie trilogy.